COLONIA — New Jersey Blood Services, which is a division of the New York Blood Center, encourages all eligible persons to honor eight year old leukemia victim Bethany Ciccarelli of Woodbridge. Each donor who gives blood today between 2 and 8 p.m. at the Colonia Fire Department, will receive two free Mets tickets.
During the summer months, when blood supplies are dangerously low in area hospitals, NJBS is asking persons with O-negative blood in particular to donate, since that is the universal blood type which can be transfused into anyone. Type O-negative blood is found in just 6 percent of the population, but is used more often by patients with other blood types, especially in emergency rooms and trauma situations. It is also used in exchange transfusions for newborn babies and pregnant women, and for premature babies in intensive care units.
Donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be 17 years of age or older or 16 years of age with parental consent and present signed or photo ID. A parental consent form can be obtained prior to donating at the drive. Blood donors must eat a substantial meal and drink plenty of liquid prior to donating.
Persons with questions of donor eligibility should call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or visit website at www.nybloodcenter.org
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